AirDance New Mexico

Flying low over the high desert

Dara Minkin and Amy Bourque on our aerial cube,
from our November 2013, Whichever Way the Wind Blows

Photo by Guadalupe Chavez

AirDance New Mexico is a company of multi-disciplinary artists who collaborate with each other to create exciting, innovative performances, featuring their critically acclaimed aerial dances and multi-media movement theater works. AirDance productions incorporate trapezes, aerial fabric, swings, hoops, aerial cube, and invented apparatus and interactive sets, created from a variety of materials. Performances feature original music by local artists and may include original scripts, projections, unusual props, and whatever else may strike our fancy. In performance AirDance New Mexico seeks to entertain, while exploring our lives and dreams, shedding light on hidden aspects of our collective being. AirDance New Mexico launched in 2011 to the delight of New Mexicans of all ages. AirDance New Mexico offers classes and workshops at our home, the AirDance ArtSpace.

Katy Andersen, Christina Cavaleri, and Joanna Furgal,
from our May 2014 show, Fight or Flight

Photo by Jeff Hartzer

Many thanks to our audiences who came to OTHER WORLDS, our early November show! You were marvelous and we appreciate your support!


One night only:

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
at the AirDance ArtSpace
$20 VIP admission (preferential seating and complimentary food and drink)

$15 general admission

We are celebrating the completion of our 4th year and our new status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in style! Our first cabaret will be an adventure for all, with performances in the air, on the ground, and all around.

In addition to the aerial acrobatics of the AirDancers, we'll have poetry and comedy, plus live music by Hiram Camp, Monica Demarco, amd Sage Harrington. Beverages and savory and sweet foods. Chair massages by donation with Kamden Cornell. Limited edition aerial art prints, tee shirts, CDs of original music from AirDance shows, and more will be for sale. Join us for a high-flying Friday night!

Click on the poster below to order tickets online. For reservations, call us or send an email.




 AirDance New Mexico is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization


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Our Junior Company debuts February 6-8, 2015!

Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm
at the AirDance ArtSpace
$15 general admission; $10 seniors, students; $5 children

Our company of 10 talented young women will present their original aerial choreography about the twisted and misunderstood characters of fairy stories and folklore! Check back here in the new year for more information and tickets.

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Scroll down for information on our aerial arts classes and special guest workshops.

Contact AirDance New Mexico:
Email: AirDance New Mexico
Phone: (505)842-9418

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During December 2014 we are offering the following special workshops at the AirDance ArtSpace, 3030 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque. Winter session will start January 5, 2015. (Class listings below.)

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5-7 pm*
Caitlyn Larsson Duo Lyra and Trapeze Workshop
Explorations in partnering techniques on lyra and static and dance trapezes
$40/person. Reservations encouraged.

Caitlyn is an artist, instructor, director, and circus arts addict, who has taught circus arts in a number of places around the globe. She specializes in using circus arts to tell stories. See more about her at

Caitlyn Larsson will also teach a workshop for our Junior Company, 2-4 pm that day.
Pre-registration required. Contact us for more information.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm*
Cohdi Harrell Duo Silks Workshop
Discover how to harmoniously work with a partner and the aerial silks!
$40/person. Reservations encouraged.

Cohdi is a New Mexico born performance maker and aerialist of international acclaim. His teaching and performance work has taken him around the world. Look at his latest work, The Other, at

Cohdi Harrell will also teach a workshop for our Junior Company, 3-5 pm Saturday the 13th.
Pre-registration require
d. Contact us for more information.

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 5-7 pm*
Elise Southwick Active Flexibility Workshop
Learn how to safely and effectively enhance your flexibility!
$35/person if register by December 14th. $40/person afterwards.

Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm*
Elise Southwick Aerial Silks and Rope Master Class
Explorations in momentum and theory, including wrapping without hands!
$35/person if register by December 14th. $40/person afterwards.

Elise Southwick is a circus performer and musician currently training in the Professional Track Progam at the New England Center for Circus Arts. See her Circus Adventures Tumblr site for inspiring images!

*Above public workshops designed for adults. Please inquire with us about suitability for older teens. A liability waiver must by signed for each participant for each workshop. To reserve your spot, please contact us. To register and pay in advance and to view our cancellation and refund policy, please see registration page here.


AirDance New Mexico classes at the AirDance ArtSpace,
3030 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque

Mixed-Aerial Classes for Adults and older Teens*
Mondays, 6-7 pm, starting January 5th
Instruction on trapezes, lyras (aerial hoops), silks (aerial fabric)
Open to all experience levels; drop-ins welcome.

New Class: Aerial Fitness*
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, starting January 6th
Conditioning for everyday life and aerials. Increase strength, flexibility, and core activation!
Open to all experience levels; drop-ins welcome.

Aerial Fabric Lab for Adults and older Teens*
Wednesdays, 6-7 pm, starting January 7th
An ongoing class concentrating on skill building and strengthening specific to silks
Students need not have previous experience with aerial fabric; regular participation encouraged.

*No registration required. Inquire about suitability for minors. A liability waiver must by signed for each participant. To purchase class cards in advance and to view our cancellation and refund policy, please see registration page here.

$15/single class; $65 for 5-class card; $120 for 10-class card
Class cards may be used for any and all combinations of
adult classes during the session and may be shared.

For the youngsters, we have ...

Mixed-Aerial Classes for Children and Adolescents (ages 8-14)
Saturdays, 1:30-2:45 pm, starting January 10th
Instruction in trapezes, lyras (aerial hoops), and aerial fabric
$120 for all 10 classes; $65 for 5 classes. (This class not available on drop-in basis. Regular attendance highly encouraged.)
Registration required. Click here for registration information and to prepay via PayPal.

Junior Company
Junior Company members are experienced adolescent and teen students of AirDance New Mexico, committed to collaboratively creating original performances. Auditions for new members TBD - possibly late spring/early summer. If interested in aerial instruction for your child in addition to our Saturday class, please contact us. We offer private, semi-private and small group lessons by appointment. (Older teens may also be eligible to participate in adult classes.)

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What should I wear to AirDance classes?
The aerial arts present clothing limitations. We recommend flexible, body-hugging clothing that will stay in place when hanging upside down. Clothing should have NO hard fasteners or decorations (zippers, snaps, rhinestones, etc.). Torso should be fully covered. Good to have thighs and knees covered for trapeze and lyra (hoop), although not essential. Long or capri leggings recommended for fabric (silks). Supportive undergarments are strongly recommended for males, especially for working on the silks. We ask that you remove all jewelry, especially for fabric, and secure long hair away from your face. Please have fingernails and toenails neatly trimmed for fabric work. (Wow, those silks are really demanding!)

Contact AirDance New Mexico:
Click to e-mail AirDance New Mexico
Phone: (505)842-9418


AirDance New Mexico performance montage 2012-2014

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AirDance New Mexico enjoys the thin air up there in Albuquerque!

Thanks to AbqARTS and The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens for this spot!


Josh Burgess and Morgan Harris,
from our 2012 show, Fear of Falling

Photo by Jeff Hartzer


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Donations to AirDance New Mexico of all shapes and sizes are gratefully accepted at any time!

For more information:

AirDance New Mexico, Inc.
P.O. Box 25892
Albuquerque, NM 87125-0892
(505) 842-9418

Click to e-mail AirDance New Mexico

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Just a little of our day-old press ...

Feature story about show, Fear of Falling, in the UNM Daily Lobo, "Free Form Falling" (2/2/12)

KUNM "Performance New Mexico" interview Spencer Beckwith and Debra Landau (aired 2/9/12)

2012 Arts/Dance in Review "Audiences Heard the Dance, Saw the Music" Albuquerque Journal (12/30/2012)

Website design and hosting donated by Aquila Arts LLC.

AirDance New Mexico recommends C and H Productions for all your video production needs. Excellent service! Fabulous result!

For local dance clothing and dance shoes, visit New Mexico Dancewear!

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Debra Landau

Artistic Director Debra Landau performs Spiderwoman in Albuquerque's KIMO Theater, 1998

"A circus [of] trapezes, trampolines and ropes. Monologues on everything from spitting to religion. Live rock music and videotapes. Are you thinking modern dance? Dancer/choreographer Debra Landau could change your mind about the art form."

Anthony DellaFlora, The Albuquerque Journal



AirDance New Mexico (the old incarnation) on You Tube


About AirDance New Mexico and Artistic Director Debra Landau

"Landau is one of those rare artists who can combine voice quality and dance in a mutually enhancing harmony. Affinities, done to a rich and moving text by Jeff Hartzer, demonstrated her ability to fulfill verbal images with movement sub-text."

Jennifer Noyer, The Albuquerque Journal

"Debra Landau [is] Apollonian grace."

John Gwynn, The New Mexican

"Shaman's Death, an air dance on a trapeze, allows the dancer/choreographer freedom to explore air itself as a metaphor . . . and evoked images of transformation. [The trapeze's] magical powers seemed to free the dancer to glide, soar and explore her body's placement in the world-space of the theater."

Jennifer Noyer, The Albuquerque Journal

"Debra Landau was compelling in her sinister, sinuous role . . . Ikebana had a . . . soothing, meditative quality, with gentle movements that culminated in striking, sculptural poses."

Beth Bradley, The New Mexican

"Her wonderful expressiveness added . . . personality and depth to [the] monologue."

John Mandes, The Albuquerque Tribune

"Apparently used a single rope suspended from above the stage which divided into two strands midway down in space. The dancer rose serenely from the floor . . . and projected an almost supernatural presence."

Jennifer Noyer, The Albuquerque Journal

"A dancer who adds a bit of the circus to her performance."

Dave Brown, KGGM/KRQE TV, Albuquerque

"In many ways Landau confronts the mental barriers that restrict physical movement."

Jennifer Gubrud, The Daily Lobo




AirDance New Mexico is in residence at the AirDance ArtSpace. Originally a church built in the 1930s, the ArtSpace has been renovated to include an intimate black-box-style theatrical performance space with beautiful, sprung oak floors and ceiling beams for rigging aerial apparatus, sets, etc. The building also has meeting spaces, including a foyer and a Green Room. It is accessible to all.

AirDance ArtSpace

phone: 505.842.9418


airdance artspace

AirDance ArtSpace Theater/Performance Space

photo ©2004 by Anthony Richardson



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